- A partnership between Children’s Health of Orange County, California and Honda resulted in a small electric vehicle that transports patients to their treatments.
- The tiny electric vehicle is safe, fun and enjoyable for the child patient who gets to drive the car.
- Named Shogo, it has lessened the anxiety and stress of patients and has brought smiles and laughter to their faces.
Getting sick and being hospitalized is such a hard time. On top of all the pain and medications, you have to get up to be at your treatments when all you want to do is lay down and sleep. But you have to in order to get well.
But at the Children’s Health of Orange County, California, they have partnered up with Honda to make the wheelchair ride into a fun ride to the labs. They designed a small electric vehicle called Shogo to delight the kids! It is safe, fun, and enjoyable for the child driver.
Senior exterior designer of the Shogo, Randall Smock said that it is a ‘labor of love.’ He added, “As someone who spent time in the hospital as a young child, I really wanted the number one objective of Shogo to be easing the hardship of a hospital stay by providing kids a lasting positive memory about that experience.”
The hallways of the hospital are now the highways of the kiddos. It is equipped to hold the IV drips and monitoring machines of the patient driver. They are not going to be speeding through, as it goes at only 1-5 miles per hour and is controlled by a handler such as a nurse or a caregiver.
It also has a toy bucket that the child could fill with what he/she deems necessary — a trusty stuffed companion perhaps.
The license plate is also customized as the child driver’s name can just be slid onto it.
So far, it has brought smiles to the child and parent and medical team, as well as tears of joy.
As one mom shared, “I heard Charlie laugh harder than the whole time he’s been in the hospital, so hearing that laugh again makes me want to cry.”
It has lessened the stress, anxiety and trauma of the numerous tests and treatments.
So better watch out and make way for the horn-tooting kiddo at the wheel of the small electric Honda.
Hundy Liu, manager of national advertising at American Honda Motor Co. said, “To see the joy on the faces of these young patients when they get behind the wheel of Shogo is truly rewarding.”
Watch why the video of the Shogo fun ride won the Silver statue at the 2022 Clio Health Awards here.
Source: Good News Network